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WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 15, 2015):  The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) supports President Obama’s goal outlined in yesterday’s action plan to deploy higher-speed broadband to underserved rural communities.  Addressing gaps in broadband deployment is one of several strategies to close the digital divide.  Yesterday’s proposal, however, did not 1) address the much larger challenge of broadband adoption that continues to promulgate second class digital citizenship among more vulnerable populations that include people of color, seniors, people with disabilities, and the poor, or 2) include a plan to eradicate the practice of digital redlining, the refusal to build and serve lower-income communities on the same terms as wealthier communities.  [click to continue…]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 8, 2015):  This week, Intel announced a bold plan to invest $300 million in a new Diversity In Technology Initiative with the goal of diversifying employment within the tech industry.  The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council applauds this unprecedented investment within the industry on the heels of a Rainbow PUSH-led drive last summer that led to the release of  data confirming the lack of representation of African Americans, Hispanics, and women at all levels of employment in the top tech companies.

“Intel’s $300 million investment will be the booster shot the tech industry needs to create tech economic equality,” said MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan.  “We salute Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Silicon Valley Project for bringing these diversity concerns to the forefront.  Rainbow PUSH’s efforts serve as a major step toward achieving a world in which the tech industry looks like America.  Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich is to be commended for leading by example.  This is what a gamechanger looks like.”  [click to continue…]

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Woman Facing the Glass CeilingThis September, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) urged that the Federal Communications Commission assign its Advisory Committee for Diversity in the Digital Age (Diversity Committee) the task of investigating the causes behind troubling employment patterns and practices in high tech sector firms.  As high tech firms reveal dismal track records of diversity hiring, questions surface as to what is behind the dearth of diverse talent in Silicon Valley, and whether public policy should intervene to better integrate the high tech industry.

Earlier this year, major Silicon Valley companies released their lackluster diversity numbers. The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the nation’s leading religious and social development organization, was at the center of this crusade through their Silicon Valley project.  As more data was made available, the public’s suspicions about the lack of diversity in the Valley were confirmed – white males are disproportionately retaining the majority of high tech jobs.  [click to continue…]

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